Museum of Jewish Art and History

This museum in the Marais district of Paris is devoted to Jewish artworks and historical artifacts, mainly from France but also from other European countries and from North Africa.

Unfortunately no photography is allowed inside the museum, but some of the artworks and religious objects can be seen on the museum’s website.

Except for one alcove on the ground floor, this is not a Holocaust museum. That one alcove is called “To be a Jew in Paris in 1939” and shows photos of Jewish residents of Paris shortly before they were deported and murdered by the Nazis. 

Above the door

The museum is located in an impressive building called the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, which was built from 1644 to 1650 as a private mansion. It got its name from its second owner, the Duke of Saint-Aignan, who bought the building in 1688.

Looking through the gate and into the courtyard of the museum

Museum poster

This poster at the entrance gives a preview of some of the many artworks that are on display inside.

Museum courtyard

Address: 71 rue du Temple, 75003 Paris
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My photos in this post are from 2013. I revised the text in 2017.

See also: Jewish Museums in other cities. 

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